The Information Revolution of the 20th century
turned around every aspect of human lives. This includes the way we studied at
schools and universities. The use of computers changed the way how students
were taught and how teachers transferred knowledge. This blend of educational
theory, computer hardware and software in educating the future generations is
called educational technology (EdTech).
Importance of educational technology
EdTech has proved its mettle so far, especially in the year
2020 where everything is locked down. Had it not been the advancement and inclusion
of technology in the field of education, the suffering this year would have
Scope of educational technology
EdTech involves technology and technological processes at
every step of the (learning) way. This enhances and improves learning, which is
the main aim of educational technology. For example, a student using an app to
learn something will learn better using the app, than a student using
traditional classroom training methods. Educational apps are designed to break
down information into smaller sections, guided practice, include response to
stimuli and give immediate feedback.
The educational technologies today provide visual learning,
auditory learning with the use of digital multimedia. Visual learning enables
better focus for students. Based on the cognitive principles this is one of the
best ways to learn and retain something new. With this gamut of technological
advancements knowledge is constructed by the learners themselves as they try
and make sense of the various experiences. In such a learning experience
teacher are more like facilitators providing guidance in learner driven
experience. Meaning, the responsibility and ownership of learning lies with the
Types of educational technology
In the field of education, technological advancement
includes a plethora of technical functionalities that help enhance the academic
performance of individuals. This has been God sent to bridge the gap between
learners and teachers with an effective amalgamation of passion and technological
The technology implemented in the scope of learning and
educating includes both experiential and theoretical knowledge drawn from all
spheres. There’s a merger of various disciplines such as communication,
education, psychology, sociology, artificial intelligence, and computer
science, among others to make education most effective for today’s learners.
There are various domains that come under the radar of technology. This
includes learning theory, computer-based training, online learning, and
m-learning, opening its gates even to mobile technologies.
Objectives of educational technology
The main aim of technology in education is to
better the quality of the current education system and improve the process of
Bringing the teachers up to speed – as one using
the latest technological advancements in the field of education, needs to
themselves be abreast with the latest gadgets, equipments, apps etc.
The teachers are more like facilitators of education
rather than traditional educators and passers of knowledge.
With advancements in the field of education, the
main aim is to build curiosity among the students, self-confidence through
experimental learning, make the learners more original and creative.
Learning is based on evidence. Everything has a
proof that is collectively gathered and analyzed. The research is shared. This
also teaches indirectly to respect others.
Saves costs and time. With the internet and
smart devices several students can be taught at once. They don’t even need to
be in the same room or even in the same country. The desire to learn and
acquire knowledge is the only thing needed to excel academically.
Advantages of educational technology:
The biggest hope in times like the pandemic:
There’s no doubt that the pandemic has put a halt on almost
every activity around the world. One of the biggest blows worldwide was to the
educational sector. However, it seems that there is no stopping the learning.
While the world was locked up in their homes, several free courses were
launched world over by reputed universities. The online engagement of students
has helped curb their absolute estrangement from the world of education.
Knowledge retention :
There’s a belief that every individual has a different pace
of understanding and retention capacities. Rightly so, compared to the
fast-paced classrooms jam-packed with people from all spheres of life, has
mostly been a very challenging space for teenagers and graduates alike.
Education technology has been advantageous in increasing insightful individual
retake on education and crafting out methods that are best suited for education
rather than feeling constantly pressurized to accept whatever is fed to the
masses on a regular basis.
Benefits all around:
Ranging from preschool, primary, and secondary to higher
education systems, technological education has been used with satisfactory
results. Not just the education sector but they have also taken over corporate
and professional sectors both private and government governed ones in terms of
learning and upgrading one’s knowledge base.
Education, teaching and learning have not been the same
since the Internet and the range of smart devices took over the world.
Educational technology is just looking out for the best of its learners. It is
here to stay and will continue to benefit everyone interested in the process of